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First Lessons in Maori

§ 25. Degrees of Comparison

§ 25. Degrees of Comparison

are expressed by the adverbs atu, or ake, for the comparative degree; tino, or rawa, with the definite article te, for the superlative degree. Tino or rawa, with the indefinite article he, forms an intense comparative.

Obs. Tino always stands before the adjective, and rawa after it.

  • He mea pai atu i tena, a better thing than that.

  • Te mea pai rawa, the best thing.

  • He mea tino pai, a very good thing.

  • Te mea tino pai rawa, the very best thing.

  • He mea pai rawa i tena, a far better thing than that.

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